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I have a Tohatsu 9hp outboard that I'm having some trouble with. The starter cord snapped, so I removed the recoil housing, replaced the starter cord, and went to get it going again. When I pull the cord to start the engine, it doesn't catch the flywheel. After some troubleshooting, I think the problem is that the plastic piece that is supposed to grab the flyweel cogs is not flipping out after it has pulled the first cog through.

I think the piece should fly out and catch with centrifugal force, so I removed the clips, cleaned, and regreased it to allow it to move more freely. Still has too much pressure on it to snap back out. Any ideas? Am I looking at the wrong part entirely?

I've attached a photo. I'm pointing at the piece that I think is supposed to catch and turn the flywheel. Thanks for any advice!
 

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I rewound the cord clockwise; I think that's the correct direction because otherwise the recoil spring inside would not bring the cord back in. It has to tighten the recoil as the rope is pulled in order for it to snap back in - if it were wound counter clockwise it would be releasing tension on the recoil...
 
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